Eccelesiastes 3:7 says there is a time to be silent and a time to speak. Though this is a true piece of wisdom, there's one important piece missing. It is just as important to know when to speak as it is to know what to speak. Between me and you, there is a such thing as too much information.
Deciding to keep certain information a secret doesn't make you deceptive but wise. There are times when the excess information you reveal can be used against you. And as we know, the enemy prowls around like a lion seeking to devour us. He can pick up on the scent of that information and use it to blindside you.
There's a story of an old and young prophet in 1 Kings 13, that reveals the unfortunate reality of this. The young prophet revealed a secret command the Lord had given him and someone overheard it. Those who overheard it delivered it to the older prophet who twisted the command of the Lord to deceive him. A deceptive plot that instantly led him to his grave. Sounds similar to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden huh?
What's today's takeaway? You never know who's listening to you speak. Be more discerning concerning the information you release and when you do so. Don't live in fear, but also don't operate as a fool either. Some secrets are better kept as being that... secret.
“Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”
Proverbs 2:11 NIV
“But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here. For I was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’ ” Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king. The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. I have been told by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’ ” The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’ ” (But he was lying to him.)”
1 Kings 13:8-9, 11, 16-18 NIV
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Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
How will you begin to keep secrets that are shared between you and God, secret?